‘Revolting and ungrateful!’ Women's rights activist slams Daniel Radcliffe's REFUSAL to apologise to JK Rowling over trans criticism

‘Revolting and ungrateful!’ Women's rights activist slams Daniel Radcliffe's REFUSAL to apologise to JK Rowling over trans criticism

‘Revolting and ungrateful!’ Women's rights activist slams Daniel Radcliffe REFUSAL to apologise

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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 02/05/2024

- 08:56

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has refused to apologise to JK Rowling despite describing their rift over trans rights as "very sad"

Women's rights activist Kelly-Jay Keen has blasted Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe for his refusal to apologise to JK Rowling over his criticism of her beliefs.

Radcliffe, along with Harry Potter co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, publicly displayed opposing views to Rowling on the trans debate and in a new interview, Radcliffe has admitted he hasn't spoken to the author for years and branded the fallout over their trans views as "sad".

In the interview with Atlantic, Radcliffe said: "There’s a version of ‘Are these three kids ungrateful brats?’ that people have always wanted to write, and they were finally able to.

"So, good for them, I guess … Harry Potter would not have happened without [Rowling], so nothing in my life would have probably happened the way it is without that person.

Daniel Radcliffe JK Rowling

Daniel Radcliffe starred in JK Rowling's Harry Potter


Keen, who is an activist from Let Women Speak said: "I think what he's come out and said is revolting, obnoxious and ungrateful.

"But his silence when she was being horrifically targeted, when people were standing outside of her house and she received death threats, the fact that not once did he stand up and say, 'not in my name. I may not agree with the woman, but none of this is in my name'.


"She created a world that you all adore. It's just totally inappropriate behaviour."

When asked by GB News host Patrick Christys if the Harry Potter stars have "backed the wrong horse" she claimed that they had.

Keen explained: "Yeah, I do. I think that the whole landscape of films and Hollywood is changing dramatically anyway.

"I think Covid certainly did serious damage, we all saw behind the curtain.

Patrick Christys, Kelly-Jay Keen

​Keen slammed the behaviour as "inappropriate" 

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"I think all of them will eventually get to a place where they'll pretend that they never said anything they said, and they didn't support any of them.

"It'll be nice to watch Daniel Radcliffe squirm. I think the greatest harm is the fact that he had power over the people who turned on her. He had the power to say, please stop it. And he chose not."

It came after the Cass report found there is "remarkably weak evidence" for gender-affirming techniques in children such as puberty blockers.

It also said that "for the majority of young people, a medical pathway may not be the best way" to help when they are "presenting with gender incongruence or distress."

JK Rowling

JK Rowling has publicly spoken out about protecting same-sex spaces


In response to the publication of the Cass report the author claimed she wouldn't forgive celebrities who had spoken out against her, including Daniel and his Harry Potter co-stars.

One fan said on social media that they were "just waiting for Dan and Emma [Watson] to offer a very public apology" knowing they'd be "safe in the knowledge the author would forgive them."

Rowling responded: "Not safe I'm afraid.

"Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women's hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single-sex spaces."

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